Strategy

Stretch

It is inconceivable that as a species we do not relish stretch. Our species is unique for having an evolutionary history which has overcome every challenge set before it, from the discovery of fire to the invention of the wheel...

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Destination

There is a piece in Alice in Wonderland which goes something like this. “Alice came to a fork in the road. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked. ‘Where do you want to go?’ responded the Cheshire Cat. ‘I don’t...

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Grateful

I have started a new daily ritual, which involves, among other things, spending some time and effort to list out two or three things every day for which I am grateful. It is an interesting discipline and one which I...

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Cause and Effect

We live in a world that is governed by natural laws and one of the most important laws to understand is that of cause and effect. Things don’t happen randomly and for no reason. The results that we get are,...

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The Trouble with Teams

Teams are the biggest performance multiplier there is. A group of committed individuals working together, towards a common goal does more than add to the output. It multiplies the output. So for many businesses creating a context and a setting...

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Daily Exercise

How common place is it today to see people exercising? All sorts of shapes, sizes, abilities are regularly to be observed, frequently squeezed into unflattering lycra as they dutifully pound the streets of our cities, the lanes of our countryside...

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There are leaders…

There are leaders and then there are business enterprise leaders. The skills and the disciplines required to be a leader or a manager in the twenty first century are huge. I keep pleading, ‘never make someone a manager unless they...

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Routine Will Set You Free

As a business, any business grows, it necessarily becomes more complex. More people mean more relationships, more channels, more products, more opinions all add to, and often multiply, the complexity and one of the challenges that very quickly faces the...

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Intense Competition

It is holiday season again and one of the things that I find fascinating about going on holiday is the opportunity it provides to observe how people do business. In any given resort the competition to attract and retain our...

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Point of Focus

Many years ago when I was unwell I noticed a strange phenomenon. I have never read anything about it, nor have I heard mention of it in the many discussions I have had since, but I do believe it to...

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Locus of Control

I was recently at a dinner with a bunch of business people, and when they were asked what their biggest challenge was, right now, the most common answer, by far, was people; finding, hiring and retaining the right people so...

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I dare you

I am a big fan of regular appraisals and have written several blogs recently recommending them to everyone. I use a specific format which is designed to allow both parties to discuss their assessment of the performance of the appraisee....